Maybe you’ve never volunteered before, or you have reservations about volunteering because you’re not sure what you can bring to the Ministry of Empowerment. This page is for you.
Why you should volunteer?
Volunteering with the MOE is a great way of getting to know the local community. The events we run are mainly in the Croydon area and include a wide range of community leaders and organisations. This is ideal if you wish to find out what is going on in the area and it also gives you a chance to liaise with other organisations.
Do not underestimate the power of giving back to the community. By setting an example to others as a volunteer you pave the way for volunteers of the future and you become a living example of how volunteering can make a difference to the lives of others.
A pleasant by-product of this is that it should provide you with resources and information about what help is available for you and your family.
At the MOE we give our volunteers the chance to learn new skills. This is important because you may wish to volunteer but may not be sure if you have the right skillset. Rest assured, we are here to help you enhance the skills you already have and learn new skills if you wish to do so.
For example, if your strength is working with computers but you’d like to enhance your people skills, we can help. different roles in the organisation require different skills and we can help you acquire those. Let us know what your skills are, what you wish to enhance and what you would like to do and we’ll help to find the most suitable post.
You may not be aware of it but volunteering can be of great benefit to your body and mind. It can increase your self-esteem and confidence when you contribute to the community.
Our volunteers at the MOE say that volunteering has given them a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. This in turn has lead to them being more positive about their hopes and goals for the future.
And do not underestimate the power of social inclusion. Your colleagues provide a solid support system which can help you solve problems in your life. As part of a shared goal, your colleagues are there to provide whatever emotional and practical support you need.
And if you’re an elderly person volunteering can benefit you too. Studies have shown that volunteers have a lower mortality rate than those who do not volunteer.
For those with disabilities, or those who are confined to their home, you can still volunteer with the MOE. There are a variety of positions that require computer skills or work on the telephone. If you wish to volunteer fill out our contact form here and we’ll get right back to you to see if we can help.
By volunteering you can explore areas of interest – whether they are relevant to your current career or not. It can also help give you experience in a new sector, which is especially helpful if you wish to change careers.
Remember, by working alongside colleagues you’re learning about teamwork, cooperation, task management, problem solving and communication. These are all skills you can hone as a volunteer and then take into the workplace.
You can also gain valuable experience by volunteering with us. Many employers these days take more stock in experience than qualifications. We could be able to provide you with the skills and experience to benefit your career.
Not everyone wants to learn new skills or has a desire to further their career prospects through volunteering. At the MOE, we have no minimum requirements on experience or qualifications. Whilst it may be helpful to you to have an idea of the type of role you’d like to play, we can help with that too.
The only thing we ask is that you have a willingness to help others and to ask any questions that arise about any aspect of the organisation or your role.
Tips for volunteers
1. Think about why you want to volunteer.
2. Think about specific roles you have in mind.
3. Think about why you want to volunteer. It could be to meet new people, learn new skills, help others, get to know the community or to explore certain interests.
4. Be realistic about how much time you can realistically spare.
5. Have fun! We value your time but we also value your happiness. The MOE office is a fun place where we know when to work and when to kick back and relax.
Click here to complete our volunteer enquiry form.